Let Them Fight
Democratic primary voters should have a chance to evaluate how their potential standard-bearers fare against hostile criticism.
“You can argue that Biden is the toughest candidate in the race, or that he’s old and it’s mean to pick on him, but you can’t do both.”
Adam Serwer is exactly right—unsurprisingly—about the treatment of Joe Biden. “The last thing Democrats should be doing, if they want to win the next presidential election,” he writes, “is nominating a candidate who can’t handle an opponent being unfair.”
in the fall: "Democrats who shy away from exploiting their rivals’ weaknesses are not doing their party a favor: They are preventing primary voters from determining [who] has the strength to sustain whatever Trump [is] going to throw at them"
"Whatever Biden would get from Trump would be cheaper, dirtier, and nastier than anything his Democratic opponents will offer," argues Adam Serwer. "And if he can’t take that, then Democrats ... should probably look elsewhere."
"Whatever Biden would get from Trump would be cheaper, dirtier, and nastier than anything his Democratic opponents will offer," argues
. "And if he can’t take that, then Democrats ... should probably look elsewhere."
Adam Serwer is correct. Primaries are an opportunity to flush out weaknesses in a campaign, and covering them up by shaming candidates for bringing up uncomfortable topics is counterproductive.